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The Dynamics of Racial Discrimination in Cinema

Student: Aleksandr Dunaev

Supervisor: Ilya Schurov

Faculty: Faculty of Economic Sciences

Educational Programme: Joint HSE-NES Undergraduate Program in Economics (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2021

In this article I analysed racial discrimination in cinematography in Hollywood from 2011 to 2019. I bring new view on the racial discrimination problem in cinematography. Previous works were focused on movies content. Authors were trying to show how racial discrimination is preserving in generations because of negative stereotyped heroes in Hollywood movies. In this article I was focused on racial discrimination inside the industry. I have found data which shows lower representation of racial minorities inside the industry in comparison to the general population of USA. Which helps understand why Hollywood have produced many films with stereotyped racial minority. But in last decade satiation has changed drastically. Share of racial minorities among actors increased from 10,5% in 2011 to 27,6% in 2019. And share of racial minorities among writers increased from 7,6% in 2011 to 13,9 in 2019.

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